Richard Laming
Director, Head of Economics


Planning is our business. Planning delivers sustainable development.

We bring over 30 years of experience in all aspects of planning representing a wealth of accumulated company knowledge and expertise underpinning a trusted service for our clients.

Experts from first thoughts to delivery, our work includes:

  • planning strategies
  • development plans (including Neighbourhood Plans)
  • development and regeneration frameworks
  • masterplans
  • consent orders (including NSIPs)
  • planning applications
  • changes of use
  • appeals, including public inquiries
  • compulsory purchase.

We offer:

  • policy planning
  • spatial planning
  • place-making
  • development promotion
  • regeneration and enhancement strategies
  • planning applications and appeals
  • community involvement.

At the internationally renowned Pinewood Studios we advised on a major expansion of the site to provide 100,000 sq m of new studio, workshop, office and outdoor production space. With the majority of the site being Green Belt land the application was taken to a month long public inquiry. Planning permission was granted in June 2014.

The scope of ‘planning’ is ever widening. Simplification and reform of the planning system brings new challenges and opportunities. We have sight of these and can offer the smartest way through to successful project delivery.

Meet the Team

Stephen Bell
Office Director, Manchester
Mike Best
Executive Director
John Brooks
Office Director, Leeds
Michael Gordon
Office Director, Belfast
Stuart Irvine
Office Director, Southampton
Michael Lowndes
Executive Director
Rob Peters
Executive Director
Colin Smith
Office Director, Scotland
Dave Trimingham
Managing Director